Mosque makes French legal history in its fight against religious extremism

A mosque near Lyon made legal history by successfully appealing to France’s law separating church and state to win protection from religious extremism in the form of a disruptive Salafist preacher.

A court convicted Faouzi Saidi, 51, of breaking France’s century-old “secularity” law by trying to disrupt services at the mosque at Oullins in the Lyon suburbs. He was fined €1,000 with another €500 fine suspended.